Food Technologist Salary

Food Technologists in the United States take home an average $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Food Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. More than half of Food Technologists (63 percent) survey participants are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,540 - $71,283
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$54K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,516
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$11.65 - $25.11
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$0$72K
Salary $38,540 - $71,283
Bonus $412.17 - $7,964
Profit Sharing $1,000
Total Pay (?
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$35,777 - $72,006
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 235
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $11.65 - $25.11
Overtime $5.93 - $34.35
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $412.17 - $7,964
Profit Sharing $1,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,777 - $72,006
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Food Technologist

A food technologist usually works for a company that produces food. The technologist may be tasked with coming up with new types of foods or flavors. The technologist will prepare prototypes of foods. These foods will be tested to make sure that they are fit for human consumption.

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Food Technologist Tasks

  • Identify, monitor, and report on quality and composition of foods.
  • Optimize the taste and texture of a product.
  • Plan production procedures by extrapolating from prototypes and calculations.
  • Record data, procedures, and findings.
  • Collect samples and data to document fit to specifications.

Common Career Paths for Food Technologist


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There are some Food Technologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research & Development Managers, where earnings are an average $97K annually. Career advancement for the typical Food Technologist often leads to becoming a Food Scientist or a Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Food Technologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Product Development tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Food Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Food Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 29 salaries. A Food Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,748

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Food Technologists will find that Berkeley offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Food Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+25 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Fresno (+6 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Minneapolis and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Food Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Technologist?

Food Technologist in Chicago:
"Fun."
Pros: Fun working with formulating food.
Cons: Standing for hours every day and low pay.

Food Technologist in Piscataway:
Pros: Flexible hours.
Cons: Working from home unavailable.

Food Technologist in Moorestown:
Pros: Flexibility and variety of projects.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Food Technologist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

▲28%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$52,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Project Management
▲27%

Process Improvement
▲5%


Food Process Engineering
▲2%

National Average
$52,000


Research Analysis
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 12%
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